Foreign Funded Scholarship Programs


Indonesian Government scholarships for Masters Degree Program, 2011
Indonesian Government has offered scholarships, under its scheme Beasiswa Kemitraan Negara Berkembang (KNB) or Developing Countries Partnership (DCP), for pursuing Master studies in various universities of Indonesia for the Academic Session 2011-12. The details are as under:

Goal:
The scholarship aims:
1.            To promote deeper cultural understanding among developing countries.
2.            To strengthen the relationship and mutual cooperation among developing countries
3.            To contribute to the development of human resource quality

Eligibility Criteria:
I.             The maximum of age is 35 years.
II.            Has a completed four (4) years Bachelors Degree or equivalent.
III.           Has a TOEFL score of 450 or equivalent
IV.          Completes and submits the application form and must be nominated by the respective government.
 V.           If successful, while studying in Indonesia:
a.            Will comply with the Indonesian Government and host university regulations
b             Will not work or join any political activity
c.             Agrees not to change the place of study and study program selected
d.            Sign the statement letter prior to departure

Study Programs Offered:
The scholarship is offered to postgraduate students (Master Degree) to study at one of the universities in Indonesia for 3 years, consisting of one year of the Indonesian Language and Preparatory Programs and 2 years of Master Program with the arrangement below.

1.            Language
All lectures and thesis writing will be in the Indonesian language.
2.            Fields of study (be advised that not every university offers the following fields of study)
a.            Humanities
1. Literary studies
2. Linguistics
3. History
4. Philosophy
5. Anthropology
6. Cultural Studies
b.            Science
1. Biology
2. Physics
3. Geography
4. Chemistry
5. Remote sensing
6. Computer
7. Mathematics
8. Statistics
9. Environmental Sciences
10. Public Health
11. Sports Sciences
12. Medical Studies
13. Pharmacy Studies
c.             Agricultural Sciences
1. Agricultural Economics
2. Agronomy
3. Soil Science
4. Plant Pathology
5. Entomology
6. Forestry
7. Animal Science
8. Veterinary Science
9. Agricultural Engineering
10. Food Science & Technology
11. Estate Crop Product Technology
12. Marine Science
13. Fisheries
d.            Social Science
1. Public Administration
2. Political Science
3. Sociology
4. Psychology
5. Economic Development Study
6. Management
7. Law
8. International Relations
9. Accounting
10. Communication and Media Studies
11. Community Empowerment Studies
e.            Engineering
1. Chemical Engineering
2. Civil Engineering
3. Architectural Engineering
4. Electrical Engineering and Informatics
5. Mechanical Engineering
6. Geological Engineering
7. Naval Architect Engineering
8. Environmental Engineering
9. Informatics Engineering
f.             Education
1. Education Management
2. Education Research and Evaluation
3. Social Science Education
4. Natural Science Education
5. Mathematics Education
6. Vocational and Technology Education
7. Out of School/Informal Education
8. Applied Linguistics
9. History Education
10. Instructional Education
11. Indonesian Education
12. Sports Education
13. Educational Science
14. Primary School Teacher Education
g.            Multi-disclipinary Studies
1. Performing Arts and Arts Studies
2. Comparative Religious Studies
3. Tourism Studies
4. Bio Technology
3.            Period of Study:
a.            Indonesian Language : 8 Months
b.            Master Preparatory Programs : 4 Months
c.             Master Programs : 24 Months (4 Semester)
4.            Research: 
a.            Research in the framework of the graduate program should be carried out in Indonesia.
b.            Should the research be carried in the respective home country, all the cost will be borne by the respective student.

Period of Study:
a.            Indonesian Language                     :                               8 months
b.            Master Preparatory Programs    :                               4 months
c.             Master Programs                             :                               24 months (4 semesters)

Research:
a.            Research in the framework of the graduate program should be carried out in Indonesia.
b.            Should the research be carried in the student’s home country, all the cost will be borne by the respective students.

How to Apply:
1.      Fill ONLINE Scholarship Application form from http://www.knb.diknas.go.id/daftar.php After filling take out its print (by clicking Print Detail Ini) and attach the required documents mentioned below:
a.            Attested photocopies of all the academic certificates / degrees/ transcripts.
b.            A TOEFL score certificate obtained within the last 12 months.
c.             A health certificate from a recognized / authorized medical doctor.
d.            A photocopy of Passport or National Identity Card.
2.            Fill HEC Application form and attach the copies of the same documents mentioned above. (Click here to download)

3.            Attach proof of payment with HEC application form only. All payments are to be made to HEC through HBL online facility. This facility is available in all branches of Habib Bank Ltd. A separate bank Account No. 17427900133401 is being maintained for the purpose. A Proforma for depositing funds is available at the following URL www.hec.gov.pk/payment Deposit an amount of Rs. 300/- (non-refundable), in favor of HEC, as described here. Attach portion of payment receipt (in original) along with application form, without which your application form will NOT be accepted / processed.
4.            Do not attach both HEC and Indonesian Scholarship forms with each other. Keep them separate.
5.            The documents should be properly attached with the application forms and must be in tidy form.
6.            Send the application package to the address mentioned below before 15th April, 2011:
Asif Kaleem Malik
Project Manager (FFSP/Indonesia)
HRD Division,
Higher Education Commission
Islamabad

Data Collecting Instruments

                      See more about research methods:
                       
                      Data structure
                      A population is the entire collection of ‘things’ in which
                      we are interested. A sample is a subset of a population......

“You don’t have to eat the whole ox to know that the meat is tough.”

Samuel Johnson
Data collecting instruments
The choice of data collection instrument is crucial to the success of the survey. When determining an appropriate data collection method, many factors need to be taken into account, including complexity or sensitivity of the topic, response rate required, time or money available for the survey and the population that is to be targeted. Some of the most common data collection methods are described in the following sections.

1.         Interviewer enumerated surveys
Interviewer enumerated surveys involve a trained interviewer going to the potential respondent, asking the questions and recording the responses.
The advantages of using this methodology are:
_ provides better data quality
_ special questioning techniques can be used
_ greater rapport established with the respondent
_ allows more complex issues to be included
_ produces higher response rates
_ more flexibility in explaining things to respondents
_ greater success in dealing with language problems
The disadvantages of using this methodology are:
_ expensive to conduct
_ training for interviewers is required
_ more intrusive for the respondent
_ interviewer bias may become a source of error

2.         Web surveys
Web surveys are increasingly popular, although care must be taken to avoid sample selection
bias and multiple responses from an individual.
The advantages of this methodology are:
_ cheap to administer
_ private and confidential
_ easy to use conditional questions and to prompt if no response or inappropriate response.
_ can build in live checking.
_ can provide multiple language versions
The disadvantages of this methodology are:
_ respondent bias may become a source of error
_ not everyone has access to the internet
_ language and interface must be very simple
_ cannot build up a rapport with respondents
_ resolution of queries is difficult
_ only appropriate when straight forward data can be collected

3.         Mail surveys
Self-enumeration mail surveys are where the questionnaire is left with the respondent to complete.
The advantages of this methodology are:
_ cheaper to administer
_ more private and confidential
_ in some cases does not require interviewers
The disadvantages of this methodology are:
_ difficult to follow-up non-response
_ respondent bias may become a source of error
_ response rates are much lower
_ language must be very simple
_ problems with poor English and literacy skills
_ cannot build up a rapport with respondents
_ resolution of queries is difficult
_ only appropriate when straight forward data can be collected

4.         Telephone surveys
A telephone survey is the process where a potential respondent is phoned and asked the survey questions over the phone.
The advantages of this methodology are:
_ cheap to administer
_ convenient for interviewers and respondents
The disadvantages of this methodology are:
_ interviews easily terminated by respondent
_ cannot use prompt cards to provide alternatives for answers
_ burden placed on interviewers and respondents
_ biased sample through households with phones

5.         Diaries
Diaries can be used as a format for a survey. In these surveys respondents are directed to record the required information over a predetermined period in the diary, book or booklet supplied.
The advantages of this methodology are:
_ high quality and detailed data from the completed diaries
_ more private and confidential circumstances for the respondent
_ does not require interviewers
The disadvantages of this methodology are:
_ response rates are lower and the diaries are rarely completed well
_ language must be simple
_ can only include relatively simple concepts
_ cannot build up a rapport
_ cannot explain the purpose of survey items to respondents

6.         Ideas for increasing response rates
1. Provide reward
2. Systematic follow up
3. Keep it short.
4. Interesting topic.

7.         Archival data
Rather than collecting your own data, you may use some existing data. If you do, keep the
following points in mind.

Available information Is there sufficient documentation of the original research proposal for
which the data were collected? If not, there may be hidden problems in re-using the data.
Geographical area Are the data relevant to the geographical area you are studying? e.g., what
country, city, state or other area does the archive data cover?
Time period Are the data relevant to the time period you are studying? Does your research
area cover recent events, or is it historical or does it look at changes over a specified range
of time? Most data are at least a year old before they are released to the public.
Population What population do you wish to study? This can refer to a group or groups of
people, particular events, official records, etc. In addition you should consider whether
you will look at a specific sample or subset of people, events, records, etc.
Context Does the archival data contain the information relevant to your research area?

Iqra Research World: Tips on Qualitative and Quantitative Data Collecti...

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Tips on Qualitative and Quantitative Data Collection Methods


There are two broad categories of data collection methods: qualitative and quantitative.  Initially much of the work of the CLIPs is likely to fall in the area of qualitative research. Later the work may involve more quantitative methods.

Qualitative Research
Qualitative research is grounded in the assumption that individuals construct social reality in the form of meanings and interpretations, and that these constructions tend to be transitory and situational. Use qualitative methods to capture what people say about their meanings and interpretations. Qualitative research typically involves qualitative data, i.e., data obtained through methods such interviews, on-site observations, and focus groups that is in narrative rather than numerical form. Such data are analyzed by looking for themes and patterns. It involves reading, rereading, and exploring the data. How the data are gathered will greatly affect the ease of analysis and utility of findings.

Resources on Qualitative Research
Books
Many books are available on this topic. Three suggested books are:
1. Maxwell, J.(1996). Qualitative research design: An interactive approach. Thousand Oaks, CA. Sage.
2. Patton, M. (2002). Qualitative research & evaluation methods. (3rd edition).Thousand Oaks, CA. Sage.
3. Wholey, J., Hatry, H., & Newcomer, K. (eds). (2004). Handbook of practical program evaluation. San Francisco, CA. Jossey-Bass.

Web Resources
There are numerous web sites that provide useful information and tools for conducting research. One is the website of the Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University that includes checklists of issues to consider when using different program evaluation models. For qualitative research, look in particular at the piece by Michael Quinn Patton on Qualitative Evaluation.

Quantitative Research
Quantitative inquiries use numerical and statistical processes to answer specific questions. Statistics are used in a variety of ways to support inquiry or program assessment/evaluation. Descriptive statistics are numbers used to describe a group of items. Inferential statistics are computed from a sample drawn from a larger population with the intention of making generalizations from the sample about the whole population. The accuracy of inferences drawn from a sample is critically affected by the sampling procedures used.
It is important to start planning the statistical analyses at the same time that planning for an inquiry begins. Decisions about analysis techniques to use and statistics to report are affected by levels of measurement of the variables in the study, the questions being addressed, and the type and level of information that you expect to include in reporting on your discoveries.

Resources for Quantitative Research
Books
Numerous books are available on quantitative research. One suggestion is:
1. Wholey, J., Hatry, H., & Newcomer, K. (eds). (2004). Handbook of practical program evaluation. San Francisco, CA. Jossey-Bass.